|Additional video of secretly taped abuse of resident at St. Joseph's at Fleming taped by the resident's son, Camille Parent.
PETERBOROUGH, ONT. - PETERBOROUGH, Ont. — Police confirmed Friday they won’t be laying assault charges in the St. Joseph’s at Fleming senior abuse scandal that was uncovered by hidden camera footage.
“The investigation is lacking in criminal intent and therefore we will not be laying any criminal charges,” Peterborough Lakefield Police Insp. Larry Charmley told reporters Friday.
The Criminal Code of Canada requires proof that someone purposely committed a crime for charges to be laid.
Police considered laying an assault charge against one of four fired employees after the video was made public.
The video showed the female employee roughly handling a senior who has Alzheimer’s and at one point shoving a feces-covered cloth in front of the resident’s face.
The police service launched the investigation on May 15 after it received a complaint of possible elder abuse.
Camille Parent, the resident’s son, gave the video from his hidden camera to police and the media.
He has since expressed outrage at the decision not to press charges.
Pressed by QMI Agency on her reaction to outrage in the community to the lack of charges, Ontario Health Minister Deb Matthews said: “I’m sure that people will ask questions and when it comes to decisions around charges being laid. I can’t comment on that.”
Matthews' ministry deemed the incidents involving the woman with Alzheimer’s to be abuse during its own investigation.